Letter from Mr Howard Flight MP to the
Chairman of the Committee
ELECTING SELECT COMMITTEES
Graham Allen has kindly sent me a copy of his
letter to you of 21 July with his proposals for Members of the
legislature to elect their own Select Committees.
I would like to add my name as a supporter of
the proposals, albeit that I would prefer (as prescribed by the
Clerks under the present parliamentary composition) the seven
Labour, three Conservative and one minority participants to be
elected as a House matter, with Labour MPs able to vote on Tory
candidates and vice versa, rather than sticking to each Party
voting for its candidates.
I appreciate this may not be politically possible
for the present, but I believe it is likely to achieve a better
result in terms of de-Party politicising Select Committees, where
Members of all Parties tend to know who has a worthwhile contribution/involvement
to give in particular territories.
25 July 2001